It has been over six months since the LSU baseball team has been inside Alex Box Stadium after the Coronavirus pandemic put a halt to their 2020 campaign.
Now that guidelines and protocols have been put into place, fall ball practice is in full swing.
“We’re just so excited to be back out there on the field”
The Tigers’ fall practice was postponed from its initial Sept. 20 start date due to multiple players being quarantined after testing positive for COVID-19 or coming into contact with someone who did. Now, Head Coach Paul Mainieri is very excited that most of the team is ready to play.
“Most of the pitchers are ready to go. All of the position players are ready to go. Like I said, nobody is in isolation. Nobody is in quarantine. Everybody has been cleared. We’re 100% ready to go.”
With a new season, comes new players and a fight for a starting spot. It is still too soon to know who will be the key playmakers in the diamond, but Coach Mainieri says it’s all up for grabs.
“You know, we’re just going to go out there this fall, we’re going to let them play, we’re going to see what we’ve got and everybody is going to be fighting for a role.”
The Tigers have a lot of returning talent that will hopefully give them an edge in the Spring, and they also brought in plenty of new freshmen who are eager for their opportunity.
“It’s an exciting time to try and get this team ready to go for the 2021 season, and see what we’ve got. I feel very encouraged with the individual work that I’ve seen, the bullpens, etc. But of course, we haven’t done competition yet and that competition is the time that separates the men from the boys and we’ll see what happens as we go through.”
Fall ball ends Nov. 10 and while a schedule has not yet been released, the Tigers are looking forward to their road to Omaha in 2021.